Gradient Appoints Lianne Akal du Toit as Board Advisor to Raise D&I Mapping in South Africa

Lianne Akal du Toit
Lianne Akal du Toit

Johannesburg, March 3, 2022 – Gradient, the global science-centric start-up using artificial intelligence technology, computer vision and data analytics to unveil Diversity & Inclusion in images and videos, appoints Lianne Akal du Toit, recently featured in Standard Bank’s Top Women’s Business Edition and the winner of 2018 Inspiring Fifty, as Advisory Board Member.

Lianne resides in Johannesburg and is the Network Director of YPO, the global leadership community of more than 29,000 chief executives in 142 countries who are connected by the shared belief that the world needs better leaders.

She is an angel investor part of Dazzle Angels, a female focused angel fund born to solve the radical gender inequality in early-stage investment management and deployment.

Lianne holds a BCom in Industrial Psychology at The University of South Africa and attended executive education courses at Harvard Business School and Stanford University. She is an Angel Investor in Dazzle Angels which invests into female led businesses.

“I want to leave the world a little better than I found it and I love to collaborate with partners who have the same mindset. I am excited to start this new collaboration with Gradient: combining science and D&I allows a concrete and effective approach to spreading the culture of respect and inclusion” said Lianne Akal du Toit.

“Lianne deeply understands where Gradient stands today as a business, as well as their goals for the future, and look forward to contributing to significant growth. She has a lot in common in terms of values, culture, and target market. I am thrilled to officially welcome Lianne as a member of our global Advisory Board,” said Giorgia Coltella, CEO.

Lianne joins a top-tier advisory board with global members such as Raquelle Zuzarte, former Marketing Manager at Washington Post and Ricky Gordon, General Manager Digital at Vista.